Dr.Corona Online is an interactive online-\work. Dr.Corona refers to the popular column Dr.Co Mailbox in The Family Doctor, a highly subscribed magazine since the last century in China. Dr.Co is a column run by top experts and professors from various hospitals across China. Not long ago, The Family Doctor would receive thousands of letters from fans every month. Columnists’ collective professional medical knowledge then is characterized by a single virtual figure, Dr.Co, who responds and diagnoses readers physical and mental conditions described in their letters. Within the Q&A section of this column, an enormous amount of obscure problems came into light. Some are related to conditions socially shameful or embarrassing. So Dr.Co became the popular icon and a spiritual support for a fascinating pool of storytellers.
Dr.Corona alludes to the term 'coronavirus'. However, Dr.Corona is not a virus, nor a real human being; it is an artificial-intelligence-doctor, answering and solving the problems that may have caused by the coronavirus. Its corpus comes from the headlines on the internet, the discussions and tweets on social media, as well as the widely spread motivational quotes, a.k.a. the 'chicken soup quotes'. Would like to be diagnosed by Dr.Corona? ‘Patients’ will receive a sort of a Prozac, in the way of compassionate drug use, which is not necessarily accurate to the patients' symptoms. By asking questions on the project page, users will get a prescription that generated by this AI doctor. Users may also want to share the prescription on their social media in order to get a second opinion, which is always crucial.
This work is co-commissioned by Chronus Art Center (Shanghai), Art Center Nabi (Seoul) and Rhizome of the New Museum (New York).
Artist: YE Funa
Programming: Vytas Jankauskas
Web design: Beio
Project Consultant: BI Xin
Programming Consultant: Claire Glanois